18 Jun 2019

Dose of the Ghost, A Spirit of Self-Discipline, part 5 of 9 [episode 53]

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This is part five in a nine part series on praying to the Holy Spirit. To access the entire series click the link below.

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“For God did not give you a spirit of timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7



The greek word that is translated self-discipline can also rightly be translated self-control, moderation, or prudence.   The idea behind it is one of rightly exercising restraint in moral matters. The spirit reveals to us truth, but it is not enough to only know the truth. We have a response ability to respond appropriately. The good news is that through the gift of the Holy Spirit we are empowered to exercise restraint and diligence in moral matters. We not only know what is right or wrong but we are empowered to do the right thing or resist doing the wrong thing. We are no longer alone in resisting and confronting sin.


Holy Spirit, your entrance into my life in many ways robs me of my excuses.  I know through God’s promises that I am a new creation and that my old self has passed away.  I know too that through you I have the power to resist that which is evil.  Their really is no excuse for me to do the wrong thing.  If I do, it is a blatant exercise of self will against you.  I prayer that daily I will yield myself over fully to your promptings, your courage, your strength, your goodness, and your holiness.  Paul told Timothy to kindle the gift that had been given to him, that gift being you.  Open my eyes to see and understand how to kindle a spirit of self-discipline so that I might more fully serve and honor God in all things.  Amen.


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Again, you can access all of the episodes in this nine part series by visiting the post, A Protestant Novena, A Dose of the Ghost.

3 Responses

  1. Trudie Kok

    Thank you for these meditations and prayers. I was praying about how I may encourage more prayer for the Holy Spirit in my church, and thought of asking the church leadership to provide a program of praying in the week leading up to Pentecost. Then I found the Catholic Novena online, having never heard of it before, and thought it would be neat to adapt it for Protestant use — thinking I had a LOT of work ahead of me. Then I found your website — just what I needed! Is it OK if I copy and use your meditations and prayers, and ask our pastors if we may incorporate them into a prayer program?
    – Trudie Kok

  2. admin

    Trudie,By all means, please feel free to use the materials and am delighted to know that they may be helpful to you and your church. I would love to hear how things go. Blessings, John Arnold

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